cover_thirteenreasonsClay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Thirteen Reasons Why was one of those books that you cannot put down.  I started it eighth period Monday and finished it at about 8:30 that night.Jay Asher’s characters are very real, and the emotions are expressed very well.  The only qualm I had with this book was that Clay’s reactions to Hannah’s stories sometimes got in the way.  Other than that, it was an amazing read that I would definitely recommend to teens.

Links: The book’s site, Jay Asher’s blog, Hannah’s Reasons, Becky’s Book Review, Teen Book Review, Boys Blooging Books Review and Interview

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2008

It’s good to remember what you’re thankful for, which is, I guess, why we have a holiday dedicated to it.  So, I’m thankful for family, friends, my dogs, my health, my wonderful home, books, yarn, and…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pumpkin pie.

 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Knitting: My Favorite Scarf

November 26, 2008

I just finished the best. Scarf. Ever.  Now, you may have seen the Yarn Harlot’s posts about the Noro scarf; supposedly the most fascinating 1×1 rib ever.  I’ve never made a Noro scarf, but the satisfaction that came when I was finished with an easy, chunky, soft, warm scarf had to be better than any Noro scarf.  Picture it:  Size 17 needles.  Chunky red-orange-yellow-purple in a non-pukey combination, along with a sproingy fall yellow.  Softest acrylic you’ve ever seen.  A scarf that just grows from the needles.  That, is an amazing scarf.

 

Now it’s back to Abby, a more difficult but probably just as satisfying cowl.

“Stacey’s junior year at boarding school isn’t easy. She’s not the most popular girl at school, or the smartest, or the prettiest. She’s got a crush on her best friend’s boyfriend, and an even darker secret that threatens to ruin her friendships for good. And now she’s having nightmares again. Not just any nightmares – these dreams are too real to ignore, like she did three years ago. The last time she ignored them, a little girl died. This time they’re about Drea, her best friend who’s become the target of one seriously psycho stalker. It started with weird e-mails and freaky phone calls. Now someone’s leaving Drea white lilies – the same death lilies that have been showing up in Stacey’s dreams. Everybody thinks it’s just a twisted game . . . until another girl at school is brutally murdered. There are no witnesses. Worst of all, no one has a perfect alibi. With everyone as a potential suspect, Stacey turns to the one secret weapon she can trust – the folk magic taught to her by her grandmother. Will Stacey’s magic be strong enough to expose the true killer, or will the killer make her darkest nightmares come true?”

 

Blue is for Nightmares is a mystery/fantasy/reality book that anyone can enjoy.  It’s very plot-based, without a lot of character development, which isn’t my favorite.  However, I still enjoyed this book.  I would recommend this book for teenage girls, specifically those interested in fast-paced mystery novels.

Other reviews: Who-dunnit, Tez Sez, The Book Muncher, Bookshelves of Doom

Blogroll

November 16, 2008

I have lots more people on my blogroll.

They will be posted sometime in the next month soon.

And I will write a real post soon, too. Probably tomorrow.

Way to say it, Obama!

November 15, 2008

I cannot believe I actually read this, but it’s funny so I’ll share it with you…

Agree? Disagree?  Comment!

~LML

P.S.  There has been knitting and reading going on, I promise.  And I will update later.

Knitting: Squee!

November 11, 2008

I am so so so so so so so HAPPY!  I finally got to go to my lovely LYS today, to buy amazing yarn for a fabulous pattern.  The complete awesomeness of this day was compacted when I logged on to the computer and saw that 1)my old blog is STILL getting comments.  I haven’t written on that one in months.  and 2) I’ve had a bunch of views on my brand new blog.  Mostly thanks to the my review of Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz(Scroll down for it).  I am so completely happy right now!

Anyway.  I’m going to quit gushing and tell you about the fabulous yarn I just bought (with a gift card!  I didn’t actually pay for it!).  It is RowanKidsilk Haze, in a funky blue-green color.  What’s it for?  Abby, a really cool looking cowl(rav it).  The only bad thing about this cowl?  It will cover up my newly dyed RED hair.  And I’m not talking ginger red.  It is fire-engine red.  Yowza!  It’s not my whole head, just the top.  But still.  It’s so cool.

I wish I could post pictures, but unfortunately the rechargeable batteries in my camera died.  Completely.  No more recharging.  So, until I get new batteries, the poor blog will be picture-less.  Oh well.

Off to knit!

~LML